Jeremiah 2: 19 “Your own wickedness will correct you, And your backslidings will rebuke you. Know therefore and see that it is an evil and bitter thing that you have forsaken the Lord your God, and the fear of Me is not in you,”

     The field of economics tells us that market corrections occur when a ‘bubble’ bursts.  Economic bubbles develop slowly over time and build to fantastic proportions. Asset prices rise far above their true value and consumers overextend themselves by borrowing money in order to buy these over inflated assets.  This debt can in turn be repackaged and resold to investors greedy to join in the frenzy. Eventually people begin to default on their debt and a cascade of financial failure ensues.  So it is in the spiritual realm too.

 The Bible tells us that pride and greed are the driving forces behind these bubbles which always burst; “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.” (1 John 2:16,17)  Indeed, Scripture tells not just how to avoid being caught up in worldly bubbles, be they economic or spiritual, but how to survive them – by doing the will of God!

     The world will pass away.  All the bubbles we build in our world are built by the forces of ‘idolatry’.  There are economic bubbles and there are moral as well as spiritual ‘bubbles’.  The greatest most bitter spiritual bubble of all is as old as time and based on a lie like all bubbles; “The serpent said to the woman, ‘You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.'” (Genesis 3:4,5)  And we fell for it!

     How then do we avoid our desire to be part of destructive worldly bubbles of wickedness?  Jeremiah tells us – It starts with the ‘fear of the Lord’.  Scripture tells us; “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” (Proverb 9:10)  Accepting instruction and correction from the Lord is key to living safe from idolatry; “My son, do not reject the discipline of the LORD Or loathe His reproof, For whom the LORD loves He reproves, Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.” (Proverbs 3:11,12)

     ,How blessed we are today because we don’t have to pay thousands of dollars to enrol in a prestigious university to learn this discipline and correction from the Lord.  We don’t have to travel to the Himalayan mountains and sit at the feet of some eastern guru to be given this wisdom.  We can go to any second hand book store or thrift shop and buy it ‘dirt cheap’.  The Lord’s Wisdom comes in a profound yet often ignored book called the Holy Bible. Many laugh at it or consider it stupid and outdated – they prefer bright shiny bubbles.

     The apostle Paul tells us; “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16,17)  And here we have our choice (again it’s not a new choice – it’s as old as time)  we can choose to fear God and follow Him or go our own way unencumbered by all His ‘old fashioned’ ideas.  Sadly many people prefer their own way; “Like a dog that returns to its vomit is a fool who repeats his folly. Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” (Proverbs 26:11,12)

     Jeremiah tells us; “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7,8)  This is true stability in good times and lean times.

     Jesus tells us not to worry about getting everything the world offers; “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”  (Matthew 6:32,33)  Only by following Jesus can we keep our priorities straight.

     Come Lord Jesus!